Newsletter and bids 09 2019

 In bids

Dear members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds in conjunction with our sponsors Net Security Training Ltd. You can contact Richard at and We are going out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have some 54 Pages.

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The government has been told to “purge” its official register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO) after FE Week found a sole trader and a new company with no trading history had successfully applied.


Providers are fuming at the Education and Skills Funding Agency after officials started conducting short-notice mystery audits in the wake of the 3aaa scandal, FE Week can reveal. In what appears to be the second major investigation into achievement rate data at FE providers in the past ten years, the agency began carrying out a significant number of data reliability checks at providers in February.


Over the next few weeks changes are underway for EEVT Ltd and re branding to EEVT Ltd.  More details to follow.


Awarding organisations could soon have to conduct surprise audits to colleges and training providers as Ofqual seeks to tighten controls on the controversial direct claims status practice. The qualifications watchdog has today launched a consultation on changing the way awarding bodies manage and oversee centre assessments.

Please go to the following to make your thoughts clear:

Ofqual has identified a risk with so many assessments being approved by providers with ‘direct claim status’ and no moderation taking place by the awarding organisation.

Awarding organisations using a verification process after the certification is now something Ofqual wants to clampdown on by being clearer that moderation should take place before certification. The most controversial proposal appears to be for awarding organisations to conduct a “minimum” of two monitoring visits and an “additional unannounced visit per centre every year”.


AWARDS: employment support: Applications are open for the ERSA Employability Awards 2019. Now in their seventh year, the awards are a celebration of some of the achievements of organisations and individuals working in partnership to help jobseekers in their journey towards, into and progression in work. ERSA welcomes nominations from across the employment spectrum including local authorities, housing associations, universities, specialist providers and private companies. The entry deadline is 15th March. Find out more here

Shane says I am delighted to launch the agenda for the FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2019, in partnership with the Department for Education.  This year’s agenda is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Across two days, delegates will have over 70 workshops to choose from. Workshops will be provided from organisations including DfE, ESFA, IfATE, Ofsted, Ofqual, AELP and many more. View the full AAC Agenda by clicking here.

PLENARY SESSIONS: Across two days delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from leading figures in the sector during six high-profile plenary sessions. The line-up for this year’s plenary sessions will provide unmissable content for apprentice employers and providers. All AAC plenary sessions will be chaired by our conference host, Kirsty Wark, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist.  Next week we will be announcing our closing keynote speaker and final sessions.  REGISTRATION: With just under a month to go until AAC 2019 now is the perfect time to book. This year we are also offering generous discounts on group bookings of five or more!

Day One or Two ticket £375 or Full conference ticket  £495

This year’s exhibition is free to attend for everyone. Free tickets are available for the exhibition area only on Day Two of the AAC. These tickets are ideal for those who want an opportunity to meet with leading suppliers to apprentice employer and providers. A full list of currently confirmed exhibitors can be found here. Please note that the free to attend exhibition tickets will not provide access to the AAC plenary sessions or workshops.
For more information and to register visit |
Exhibiting at AAC 2019 | final stands remaining

AAC 2019 is set to attract well over 1,250 senior delegates and is an essential two-day Apprenticeship Conference and Exhibition for any organisation working with apprenticeships. Further information about exhibition options is available here |
Please do get in touch should you have any questions about AAC 2019.

Shane Mann Managing Director | Lsect Ltd – publisher of Schools Week & FE Week
a: Athelney House, 161 – 165 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
t: +44 (0)20 81234 778


HMRC Advice for Business Owners on Preparing for No-Deal Brexit

HM Revenue and Customs is urging business owners to prepare now and consider 3 steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

HMRC urges business owners to make sure they are ready for no deal

There are steps they need to take to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

Published 28 February 2019


HM TreasuryHM Revenue & Customs, and The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging business owners to prepare now and consider 3 steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The first step businesses need to take is to register for an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number. UK businesses that have only ever traded inside the EU will not have an EORI number.

In the event of a no deal exit, businesses will be unable to continue trading with the EU without an EORI number; however, HMRC figures show that so far just 17% of these businesses have registered.

Business owners can apply for their EORI number.

After getting an EORI number, businesses need to take the second step and consider how they want to make customs declarations. Businesses can appoint a customs agent if they want someone else to do it. Most businesses with customs obligations choose to use a customs agent.

For businesses that import goods into the UK from the EU using roll on, roll off locations, they can take a third step and register for new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). TSP will allow businesses to import without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and postpone paying any import duties. For imports using other locations, and for exports, standard customs declarations will apply.

Businesses that import goods from the EU can register for the new TSP.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride MP said:

We want businesses to be able continue trading with minimal disruption in any scenario but we also know that people tend to leave things until the last minute and we would urge against that.

We are specifically advising businesses to take some simple steps to be prepared – the first thing they need to do is register for an EORI number – it is free and takes less than 10 minutes.

Step-by-step advice can be accessed via GOV.UK – the help is there, we just need business owners to take action.

In September 2018, December 2018 and January 2019, HMRC wrote directly to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses that only trade with the EU advising them to start their preparations and apply for an EORI number.

There are another estimated additional 95,000 non-VAT registered businesses that also need to take action.

Despite these letters, only 40,973 have registered for an EORI number since October.

To help businesses make import and export declarations, HMRC has made £8 million in funding available for traders and intermediaries to support them with training and IT costs. There is still £3 million remaining of this funding, so there’s still time to put in a bid.

Further information

HMRC has identified 145,000 VAT-registered companies that trade with the EU but not the rest of the world, and estimates that a further 95,000 businesses also trade with the EU but are not VAT-registered. This means an estimated 240,000 businesses need to take action to continue trading with the EU if no deal is reached.

Business owners can apply for their EORI number.

HMRC has the capacity to sign up 11,000 businesses per day for EORInumbers.

You can see RoRo locations

You can see letters sent to traders.

Businesses can apply for training and IT grants on making customs declarations.


Looking at several key items that Ofsted keeps making a high focus on are noted here. I have looked at some 18 recent Ofsted reports I can see the same 6 things coming up when people have a grade 3

1 Safeguarding and Prevent Leaders and managers have not been sufficiently thorough in their identification of safeguarding risks to their learners. As a result, their safeguarding policies and procedures do not highlight the necessary actions designed to protect learners. For example, the attendance policy does not specify the appropriate actions staff should follow when a young apprentice or a vulnerable adult has failed to attend work or learning sessions. Similarly, policies do not state the supervised work arrangements for young apprentices.

  1. Safeguarding and Prevent Leaders and managers have not been sufficiently thorough in their identification of safeguarding risks to their learners. As a result, their safeguarding policies and procedures do not highlight the necessary actions designed to protect learners. For example, the attendance policy does not specify the appropriate actions staff should follow when a young apprentice or a vulnerable adult has failed to attend work or learning sessions. Similarly, policies do not state the supervised work arrangements for young apprentices.
  1. Governance You need to have people externally stretching and asking questions. We know this and indeed everyone plans it but it is getting it set down and doing it.
  1. QAR have you got it but not only that is it right and what does it mean and are they using it to forward plan, marketing or improvements and also its use in SAR and QIP information.
  1. General Leadership and Management both focus and ownership. Leaders and managers have not sustained the quality of provision or the standard of teaching, learning and assessment focus. Often the people at the top do not ask people further down the delivery side to meet and look at and talk and understand what is going on in the Industry at the front line delivery.
  1. They refer to your understanding of the you’re doing it and it is in your contract but where is the Added Value.  Progress reviews are not effective. They do not routinely involve employers or set challenging enough targets. This relates to all staff from top to toe.

Well-being Mental and Physical items around learners are not sufficiently aware of how to stay physically fit and to lead healthy lifestyles. Also staff,  do not understand how to promote this in lessons and in areas of IAG.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week and let me start by saying I hope Storm Freya didn’t interfere too much with your plans on Sunday! 

On Friday 1st March, I was lucky enough (as a nominee) to attend Chelsea Baker’s ‘National Mentoring Awards’ which took place in London at Jumeirah Carlton Hotel.

This is the first award ceremony of its’ kind in the UK and was held to celebrate the importance of the mentoring / mentee relationship in terms of empowering others and building strong business leaders within all aspects of UK industry.

The room was full of inspirational people who voluntarily dedicate their time to helping others build a better future for themselves and this country.  20 mentoring categories covered areas of; disability, sport, fashion, children’s care and a full range of mentor programme excellence in social action and commercial enterprise. Chelsea is determined to continue expanding and raising awareness of this important celebration and next year it will be bigger and better than ever.   Chelsea is calling for as many individuals and organisations as possible to get behind this for next year.

More information:


As I’m always raising awareness of the plight of homelessness in this country and supporting as many organisations as I can that are working hard to combat the rising numbers, here are two integral events taking place in Manchester which Id like to bring to your attention.  

  1. Here’s a very important opportunity to join Greater Manchester Law Centre, Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, and GMLC Patrons Maxine Peake and Robert Lizar for their event on 11th April:

Access to Justice: Why we need Law Centres and Greater Manchester Law Centre Manifesto launch. Access to legal advice, representation and justice can empower people, reduce homelessness and poverty, challenge the hostile environment against claimants and migrants, enforce people’s rights and prevent inequality and exclusion.

“As a society, we cannot call ourselves democratic if the most vulnerable within our society cannot gain access to justice… This encompasses people being able to get access to disability benefits, it encompasses homelessness…” Maxine Peake, GMLC Patron




Sunday 31 Mar Opens 7:00 PM at Academy 2 Black Tie event

THE CITY is an exploration and celebration of the art, music and fashion that is unique to our iconic city, Manchester.  This year their chosen charitable partner is Lifeshare.

Lifeshare strive to protect and help the homeless population of Manchester, seeing the good in everyone and treating everyone equally.

“We believe that all people regardless of race, creed, sexuality, gender, age, level of ability or HIV status should be afforded equal opportunities.”

Join them on Sunday 31st March in Academy 2 as they bring you a night of Mancunian music, photography and fashion, all in the form of an inaugural Manchester Fashion Charity Show. To buy tickets to MCFS 2019, follow the link below.

For discount society tickets please email

If you can’t make the event why not donate to this incredible organisation.

Lifeshare is a charity working to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness, reduce harm and promote health in Manchester and Salford. Your donation makes a real difference to their work with some of the region’s most vulnerable people, they will spend your contribution wisely!!

Thanks for reading this! Have a great week all! 


Ok this week Hillside a Charity for Animals has asked for help; An Urgent Call for Help… We now find ourselves in an extremely serious financial situation, which is about to affect our ability to continue feeding and caring for our animals.  So far, we have managed to give the animals all the feed they require but there are still several weeks of cold weather ahead before they can be turned out to graze in the fields.  We have to thank our regular suppliers of feed and hay and our vets, who have up to now been very patient and extremely understanding of our plight, but there is only so much leeway they can afford to give us with regards to settlement of their bills.  Although, thankfully now under control, an outbreak of strangles in a herd of our horses at one sanctuary location, has increased our veterinary bills at an already difficult time.  Regrettably, we have now had to make some cutbacks but the staff have been brilliant in managing to care for our rescued animals in these difficult circumstances.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t have predicted this winter’s drastic increase in hay prices and all the spare funds we’ve had in the past have now been tied up in extra land, which has become home to the many animals who live on it.  Fortunately, thanks to our kind supporters, we do have some legacies due but they are mostly reliant on the sale of property before funds can be released to us. Owing to the current slowdown in the property market some bequests are being delayed. Any offer of help you could give us now, however small, will be more than gratefully appreciated.  Thank you for reading this urgent email and for your support.  Wendy at Hillside. 


 Or ring our Urgent Donation Telephone Helpline 01603 736200 9am-9pm 7 days
We are always very pleased to receive cheques/POs to our address below
or you may donate by Bank Transfer to our Co-op Bank 

Account Number 69668302 Sort Code 08-92-99


 Your chance to contribute to our events programme

We have two exciting opportunities for you to share your experience, knowledge and skills with voluntary organisations, funders, and government influencers.

Could you run a workshop at our conference?  We’re looking for workshops to help explore, examine, and celebrate how voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system create change together. Take part in this year’s annual conference on 9th May.

We’re inviting organisations to propose workshops that include:

Collaboration with other organisations and/or experts by experience

Consideration of the needs of people in the criminal justice system who are protected under the Equalities Act (2010)

How organisations can stand together to speak freely on behalf of, and amplify the voice of, their service users. Could you contribute to our next women’s networking forum?

Clinks, with support from Agenda, will be holding the next women’s networking forum on the 19th March in Manchester. Our networking forums provide support, information and networking opportunities to those working with women in contact with the criminal justice system. We’re on the lookout for suggestions for agenda items, could you contribute?

Contact with suggestions or to take part


 Tip of the week I: 40% off mains at Bella Italia. Details


Tip of the week 2: Cheap cinema tickets, various locations and chains. Details


Tip of the week 3: 30 free prints with photo box, only pay for delivery. Details


All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd East Essex Vocational Training Limited

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